Autism News

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2/7/2017
U.S. Legislation Boosted Access to Autism Services, With No Added Cost to Families

Findings show 2008 federal 'parity' law is having desired effect, researchers say

2/3/2017
Obstetric Complications Tied to Slightly Upped Risk for Autism

Study suggests link, but one expert stressed that most complicated pregnancies result in babies without autism

1/27/2017
Fecal Transplant Shows Early Promise Against Autism

Small study found giving healthy gut bacteria to young patients led to reduction in symptoms

1/20/2017
Stress May Explain Digestive Issues in Kids With Autism

Elevated stress hormone levels linked to stomach problems among these children, researchers say

1/12/2017
Brain Deficits in Preemies May Start Before Birth

Study links weak brain wiring connections in fetuses with preterm delivery

1/11/2017
Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic

Robert Kennedy Jr. has backed widely disproved claim that childhood inoculations can cause autism

1/9/2017
Exercise: An Antidote for Behavioral Issues in Students?

Study found use of 'cybercycles' reduced classroom problems for kids with autism, ADHD, other concerns

12/29/2016
Disabled Children Face Bullying Throughout School Years

More must be done to teach them how to respond to aggression, researcher says

11/28/2016
Flu or Flu Shot During Pregnancy Won't Raise Autism Risk in Child: Study

Review of nearly 200,000 U.S. children found no good evidence of an effect, researchers say

10/26/2016
Parent-Led Autism Therapy Shows Lasting Benefits

Early intervention reduced symptom severity years later, study finds

10/17/2016
Obesity More Common Among Teens With Autism: Study

Addressing problem behaviors with food or TV may combat excess weight, researchers suggest

8/25/2016
Autism-Linked Genes Often Differ Between Siblings

Findings suggest developmental disorder's causes may be even more complex

8/24/2016
Diabetes Drug May Help Kids With Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds

Weight gain is a side effect of antipsychotic drugs used to treat irritability and agitation

8/23/2016
Banned PCB Chemicals Still Tied to Autism in U.S. Kids

These toxins have lingered in the environment, study authors say

8/23/2016
Chemicals and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chemicals banned decades ago may be linked to increased autism risk today, study finds.

8/5/2016
Timing of Autism Diagnosis Tied to Choice of Treatment

Kids diagnosed before age 4 more likely to receive behavior therapy shown to improve outcomes, study says

8/1/2016
Hearing Test May Predict Autism Risk Sooner: Study

Researchers identify inner-ear problem that might impair speech development

8/1/2016
Fido a Friend to Parents of Kids With Autism

Study suggests family dog may help ease parental stress

7/25/2016
Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests

Large study should allay fears that procedure might play a role, researchers say

7/11/2016
Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses

Early treatment provides wide range of benefits, researchers say

5/11/2016
Baby's Immune System Might Hint at Autism Risk

Certain 'markers' in newborn blood samples seemed to predict future cases, study found

5/11/2016
Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study

But researchers stress that women should not throw away their supplements

5/10/2016
Kids With Autism Do Well Learning New Words: Study

Like their peers without the disorder, they follow teacher's gaze as new object is named

5/3/2016
Training Program for Those With Autism Often Results in Low-Paying Jobs: Study

While 60 percent came away with work, most ended up working part-time, earning less than poverty level

5/2/2016
Autism Diagnosed at Younger Ages

Researcher says this is due to change in screening guidelines for 18- and 24-month-olds

5/2/2016
'Wandering' a Hazard for More Than a Third of Kids With Autism

In study, many were unaware they might be in danger, couldn't distinguish strangers from people they knew

5/2/2016
Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates

But researcher said finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect connection

4/8/2016
Tracking Kids' Eye Movements Might Shed New Light on Autism

When conversations turn emotional, children with ASD change visual focus, may miss social clues, study says

4/7/2016
Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Higher Autism Risk?

Data review can't prove cause-and-effect, but suggests that ideal spacing between children is 2 to 5 years

3/31/2016
U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC

It's not yet clear if the rate will stabilize over the long-term, experts say

3/14/2016
Stomach Troubles Not Linked to Autism, Study Finds

Gastrointestinal problems don't cause the disorder, researcher says

2/19/2016
Kids With Autism More Likely to Wander, Less Likely to Recognize Danger

Researchers concerned about risks to children with developmental issues, as well as the stress on parents

2/16/2016
Panel Undecided on Screening All Kids for Autism

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says more data needed to say yes or no to universal testing

2/8/2016
Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines

Moms and dads who were well-informed on Disneyland cases were more confident about shots in survey

1/29/2016
Study Links Diabetes, Obesity in Moms-to-Be to Higher Autism Risk in Kids

Combination may nearly quadruple risk, researchers say, but their review did not prove cause-and-effect

1/29/2016
Obesity, Diabetes and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Obesity and gestational diabetes in combination may significantly increase risk of autism spectrum disorder, according to new study.

1/25/2016
Genetically Modified Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research

Chinese scientists say the primates exhibit behaviors of disorder, could offer insight on how to treat it

1/21/2016
More Evidence Preterm Birth Could Raise Autism Risk

But researchers detect lower rate than previously reported

1/6/2016
Study Ties Autism Risk to Prenatal Exposure to Asthma Drugs

But taking beta-agonists during pregnancy also might benefit fetus, researchers say

1/4/2016
Kids Born Through IVF Show No Higher Risk for Developmental Delays: Study

Other infertility treatments also don't seem to interfere with child development

1/3/2016
New Rules for Mammograms, Tanning Beds Top Health News of 2015

Female libido pill, measles outbreaks and vaccine controversy also made headlines

12/28/2015
Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Autism

Researchers identified differences in the brains of these newborns

12/17/2015
Scientists Link Brain Chemical to Autism

GABA inhibits excitability between cells in central nervous system

12/15/2015
Antidepressants and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Use of antidepressants in 2nd or 3rd trimester may increase risk of autism spectrum disorder, new study finds.

12/14/2015
Antidepressants in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk, Study Suggests

But depression, not medication, might be a possible trigger, experts say

12/8/2015
Ovarian Cyst Condition in Mom May Raise Odds for Autism in Child

Study suggests link for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, but can't prove cause-and-effect

11/13/2015
CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes

The number differs based on new questions parents were asked about their children

11/3/2015
Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study

Preschoolers, teens on the spectrum are more likely than peers to be overweight, obese

10/27/2015
Oxytocin 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Kids With Autism

Small Australian trial suggests it could boost social skills; larger U.S. trials are planned, expert says

10/26/2015
Scientists Explore Role of 'Love Hormone' in Boosting Social Ties

Oxytocin linked to marijuana-like molecule in the brain, study says